Tigers get revenge on Bobcats
The Marshall County Tigers welcomed the chance to take on Giles County for its homecoming opponent after the Tigers lost a heart breaker in Pulaski, losing by one point in double overtime to start a two game district losing streak to put Marshall County on the outside looking in of the district tournament seeding.
But the Tigers (12-11, 6-3) received a wakeup call after the debacle at home against Cascade and have now won three in a row after blowing out Spring Hill, Page and now Giles County (12-11, 5-4) winning 65-56 in a game the Tigers led by 17 points at the half.
"It's Marshall-Giles man," MCHS Arnett Bodenhamer said. "Not taking anything away from Giles, they played a heck of a game at their place, but if we played one quarter like we played in the first half tonight it would have been a different story. These guys wanted this, it was a revenge game. They let one slip away down there but they really wanted this one tonight."
The Tigers built an early lead on two KJ Johnson floaters to push the lead to 17-8.
Malek Sain brought the Lewisburg crowd to its feet with a NBA distance pull-up 3-pointer to push the lead to 22-12 and on the next possession D'Andre Brown knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner to stretch the lead to 25-12.
"This win meant a lot," Sain explained. "With this win tonight we're on a district winning streak. We let one slip away down there (Pulaski), so we made sure we were going to get it back up here."
The onslaught continued as Fields scored two straight layups to push the lead to 29-15.
"We had way more intensity tonight than we had the last time we played them," Fields, who led the Tigers with seven rebounds and five assists, said. "We didn't let up on them tonight. They came back a little bit, but we turned it back up and got the win."
Sain nailed another triple off the inbound pass to push the lead to 32-15 and Keiler finished off the half with a jumper and a free throw after being fouled as the Tigers took a 39-22 lead into halftime.
The Bobcats would cut the lead to as much as eight points in the third quarter, but the Tigers were not going to be denied the win on Homecoming night and answered each Giles County spurt with a run of its own.
The Tigers have one more order of business to take care of before the start of the district tournament---- a rematch against the number one seed CPA a team that gave the streaking Tigers its first district loss of the season 54-46 back on January 5 in a game the Tigers felt they should have one.
"We have to stop their 3-point shooters most definitely," Fields said. "If we lock up their outside shooters and don't give them easy lay-ups then we can get the win."
The Tigers will take on the Lions at Nashville on Friday at 6 p.m.